On Feb 3, Japanese fashion brand Issey Miyake will present its new collection introducing the artworks of the late graphic designer Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002).
The series is dedicated to Tanaka, with whom the designer Issey Miyake had close relations with and respected very much. For the design process, Miyake focused on recreating Tanaka’s works with precision, but also made calculations so that the charms and beauty of each artwork were emphasized on the clothes when worn.
The series, the first of more to come, has selected Ikko Tanaka’s masterpieces “Nihon Buyo” (1981), “Sharaku 200 Years” (1995) and “The Variations of Futoi Kigo” (1992) as motifs. The collections of clothes presented as the first series is suitable for tea parties, where people get together to relax and talk about various topics.
The Nihon Buyo poster Tanaka designed in 1981 for the Japanese dance performance by UCLA’s Asian Performing Arts Institute, and Sharaku, designed for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Japanese ukiyo-e print artist Toshusai Sharaku, decorate coats (52,000 yen), dresses (36,000 yen) and bags (47,000 yen) designed by Issey Miyake. A collection of coats (48,000 yen, available in two colors), dresses (32,000 yen, available in four colors) and shirts (25,000 yen) adorned with the Futoi Kigo graphics will also be in stores. “Geta sandals”, available in two colors, will be sold at 40,000 yen a pair.
The collection will be available at Pleats Please Issey Miyake stores in Aoyama, Roppongi, Tokyo Skytree, Isetan Shinjuku, and Narita International Airport Terminal 1, as well as the Issey Miyake store in Marunouchi, Elttob Tep Issey Miyake stores in Ginza and Semba, and the brand’s online shop.